PU students improve IMS ticket checking process

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A group of Purdue students figured out a way to shorten how long race fans will wait at the entrance gates on race day.

The new process will get crowds through the gates and into the grandstands 25 seconds faster.

It doesn’t seem like much, but that time adds up. Eric Dietz, the director at the Purdue Homeland Security Institute said taking saving 25 seconds on more than 100,000 people will save security personnel 2,000 man hours.

They got that time savings simply by changing the way tickets are checked.  Instead of tearing off the stubs, security will just have to mark the tickets with a Sharpie.

Students also researched the time it takes to get through the line, and found the earlier race goers arrive, the better.

“If you want a 15 minute wait in line, data suggests you show up before 10 a.m. And you know that should be pretty obvious, you show up early you’ll have less waiting time. And so that’s I think a positive thing. They don’t have to show up at 8 a.m., you don’t have to show up at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. is pretty reasonable,” Dietz said.

The students also found that if ticket holders want to be in their seats by the time the green flag flies, they should plan to be at the gate at least one hour before hand.

This new process has been used once before.

It was tested at the Brickyard 400 last July. Dietz said researchers noticed a difference in how fast the crowds got inside.

This Sunday, students will be out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway observing the crowds again trying to come up with more ways to make the process even smoother, without compromising safety.

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